Start-ups in the EU

Founding a company in the European Union

The European Union also provides services to help people who want to become self-employed. You will find these listed on the following pages.

The Portal 21 provides initial information about general legal regulations that may apply to the cross-border provision of services, e.g., international private law, civil law (such as contract law, warranty law and corporation law), insolvency law, and industrial/intellectual property law.

(website only available in German)

This section contains information about the countries that represent Germany's most important trade partners. The iXPOS country files (Länderdossiers) contain basic information about the specific country, as well as current economic and foreign trade data, important links and contact addresses for your target market.

This is where you can find essential information about every country in the world, e.g., structure of the state, population, government and opposition parties.

(website only available in German)

Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a cross-border exchange programme which gives new or aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to learn from experienced entrepreneurs running small businesses in other Participating Countries.

The exchange of experience takes place during a stay with the experienced entrepreneur, which helps the new entrepreneur acquire the skills needed to run a small firm.